Journal of Resources and Ecology ›› 2021, Vol. 12 ›› Issue (4): 567-577.DOI: 10.5814/j.issn.1674-764x.2021.04.014

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Ten Years of GIAHS Development in Japan

NAGATA Akira1,*(), YIU Evonne2   

  1. 1. Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability, Operating Unit Ishikawa/Kanazawa, United Nations University, Ishikawa 920-0962, Japan
    2. Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability, United Nations University, Tokyo 150-8925, Japan
  • Received:2021-01-16 Accepted:2021-05-07 Online:2021-07-30 Published:2021-09-30
  • Contact: NAGATA Akira


Approximately ten years have passed since Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) was introduced to Japan in 2011, with 11 GIAHS sites designated so far. The Japan Nationally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (J-NIAHS), which considers resilience, multi-stakeholder participation and sixth industrialization, was subsequently established in 2016, and has designated 15 J-NIAHS sites. GIAHS sites can be classified into three major types: Landscape, farming method, and genetic resource conservation types, and most Japanese GIAHS sites are of the landscape type. Since there is almost no national subsidy for GIAHS or J-NIAHS, designated sites are expected to secure funding for conservation from their own efforts. For this reason, a voluntary network of the Japanese GIAHS sites has been active in promoting cooperation on GIAHS conservation. The priorities of the Japanese GIAHS have focused on raising public awareness about GIAHS and J-NIAHS, improving livelihoods, as well as fostering the international exchange of experience and knowledge regarding Agricultural Heritage Systems, especially among Japan, China and Korea.

Key words: GIAHS, agricultural heritage, traditional agriculture, sustainability, biodiversity, landscape